Xorg-server 1.7 to 1.9 upgrade guide

Revision as of 13:39, January 31, 2014 by Duncan.Britton (Talk) (Known Issues)

Before upgrade

  • Backup your /etc/X11 directory.
  • Backup the old versions of xorg-server and drivers. This can be done with quickpkg.
  • xorg-server supports hot plugging through the event interface so ensure the evdev driver is enabled in INPUT_DEVICES in make.conf.

Basic upgrade

  1. Read and follow Gentoo's Xorg-server 1.8 Upgrade Guide
  2. Read Gentoo's Xorg-server 1.9 Upgrade Guide

After upgrade

  • Rebuild all drivers with new xorg-server, you may use qlist from portage-utils in order to get list of installed drivers:
# emerge -av1 $(qlist -IC x11-drivers/)


In order to configure devices that hotplugging does not handle, you may use /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d instead of /etc/X11/xorg.conf. xorg.conf is optional and if you don't need any special configuration, you may use xorg without it.

Example config: keyboard with polish layout

Next, we edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-keyboard.conf:


Known Issues

Check /var/log/Xorg.0.log if you have problems with new xorg-server. Also you can notice that some errors present even for working config and xorg, here is the possible:

[ 852.864] (EE)  ioctl EVIOCGNAME failed: Inappropriate ioctl for device

This error can be ignored but in order to have everything clean add this MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" into your xorg.conf. Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-keyboard.conf with your favorite text editor: